With some help from OPTA, here are 13 things you should know about Arsenal and Aston Villa prior to this afternoon’s kick-off at The Emirates:
1. In their last six home games against Aston Villa, Arsenal have only won two.
2. Theo Walcott has equalled his highest tally of assists in a single Premier League season with eight.
3. Lukas Podolski shares the top of the assists chart in the Premier League with Steven Gerrard and Juan Mata who all have nine.
4. Arsenal have created the fewest goal-scoring chances from corners than any other side in the Premier League (24).
5. In their last five Premier League home games, Arsenal have scored 15 goals, conceding eight.
6. Arsenal have been shown the fewest yellow cards than any other side in Premier League thus far (24).
7. 91 – the number of times Arsenal players have been caught offside.
8. The Gunners have only scored one goal less (50) than they had at this point of their ‘Invincibles’ season (51).
9. Aston Villa have conceded the most away goals than any other side in the Premier League (31).
10. Villa have only scored 16 goals in 20 away outings to Arsenal in the Premier League.
11. In their last five Premier League away games, Paul Lambert’s side have netted 10 goals while shipping in 16.
12. Villa have collected the most yellow cards in the Premier League so far (54).
13. Christian Benteke has scored in his last five games for Aston Villa in all competitions (six goals).
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